Last Week's Definition:
Optimal leadership requires the ability to step back and view one's place and role in the "big picture". Moving beyond the daily tasks and conflicts to plan at a higher level.
Being an effective leader requires an understanding of your role in the larger picture of the project or company as well as a tuned sense of one's shortcomings and prejudices. If you are aware of your own tendencies, it is easier to notice when they affect your actions.
I found the articles on racism pretty demoralizing, even thinking of myself as a fairly open minded individual I was nervous to attempt an IAT test for fear of the results. The takeaway message for me was that you cannot stop simply stop being prejudice, but if you make yourself aware of these prejudices you are in a position of power to work against them.
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Tatum, B. D. (1997). "Defining Racism: Can we talk?" Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (pp. 3 - 17). New York: Basic Books.
Kezar, A. (2000). "Pluralistic Leadership: Incorporating Diverse Voices." The Journal of Higher Education, 71(6), Nov. - Dec., 2000, pp. 722-743.